OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series (ODDS) celebrated its one-year anniversary with music, honored guests and presentations of awards on Thursday, June 12.
The evening’s opening ceremony reflected the collaborative spirit of the Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series (ODDS).
Matthew and Cinthia Gullotta contributed money to ODDS in 2013, and they have now renewed their role as the series' grand sponsors for a second year. Mr. Gullotta expressed his commitment to the series’ ongoing success.
“Victoria, we believed in your vision and dedication then.. your incredible, dedicated and passionate team has flourished into a beautiful endeavor, not just for Ossining but for anybody," said Mr. Gullotta. "Looking forward to more documentaries, more discussions shared with our great community and friends.”
The whole ODDS team was thrilled to be awarded the Arts Alive grant from ArtsWestchester, but it was ODDS committee member Andrea Kimmich-keyser who found the grant application, and made it happen.
Ossining Arts Council president Mark Sarazen and Treasurer Helen Arbor Young were enthusiastic partners with ODDS, allowing the fledgling film series to apply for the Arts Alive grant. Eric Segal from ArtsWestchester attended the event to formally present the Arts Alive grant.
Ossining Library Program Director James Trapasso accepted ODDS' donation of collection of DVDs from the first year, which will now be part of the library's permanent collection.
Town Supervisor Sue Donnelly presented a Certificate of Achievement to ODDS. Ms. Donnelly commented, “The Town is very pleased to be able to donate the Green Ossining water bottles and tote bags that are presented to the panelists at every screening.”
ODDS invites everyone to join them on Thursday, July 17 at the Ossining Public Library for the powerful story of a survivor of the gun shooting massacre at Virginia Tech, Living for 32.